A very fine early Wednesday morning to you and yours. I trust that those who were at the Meet the Players event downtown enjoyed their time with the Kings and did not get stuck in the same terrible traffic that threw a wrench into last year’s event. But enough of that; here are a few links and videos, courtesy of LAKings.com:
There’s a new book available for purchase called The Goaltenders’ Union detailed to describing the rise and success of goaltenders from different eras of hockey. From the page on Jonathan Quick:
There was no doubt where he belonged the following year, when he built on his previous season’s accomplishments, breaking a Kings goaltending record by playing 72 games and winning 39.
He also earned a spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic squad, behind Buffalo’s Ryan Miller and Bruin Tim Thomas. At the time, U.S. coach Ron Wilson said, “I’m very impressed with him. Jonathan Quick’s the future of USA goaltending right now.”
Quick also earned positive reviews during the 2010 playoffs in the Kings’ first-round match against Vancouver.
“He’s just so fast post to post. And he covers the bottom of the net really well, which forces you to go upstairs,” Canuck Alex Burrows marvelled after one game.
Daniel Sedin said, “He’s got a quick glove hand. Really quick. So the best plan is to get a lot of pucks on him and get some traffic in front of him so he can’t see the puck as well.”
Other modern goaltenders profiled in the book are Marty Brodeur, Marty Turco, Roberto Luongo, Ilya Bryzgalov and, uh, Brent Johnson.